Midland, MI- This was a series of ups and downs for the Quad Cities River Bandits yet the only consistent bright spot was the pitching. Albert Abreu took the loss in game one but threw a great game giving up just one run on one hit and striking out nine in six innings of work. In relief Jacob Dorris struck out one while giving up three runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. Not the best numbers for Dorris but still strong.
Game two was about as good as any two teams could play. Going 13 innings and the Bandits striking out 19 while giving up seven hits. Starting pitcher Jose Hernandez pitched five strong inning giving up two runs on four hits. Alex Winkelman came on to relieve Hernandez and gave up only one hit while striking out eight in 3 2/3 innings. Next on the was Ryan Deemes who worked 3 1/3 innings striking out five without giving up a hit. Ralph Garza took the loss giving up one run on two his in 1/3 of an inning he worked.
An early start time in game three might have helped in their win. Quad Cities got off to a quick start scoring first in the top of the first as Brooks Marlow reached on a walk was pushed to second on a sac bunt by Antonio Nunez then took third on a Kyle Tucker ground out. Connor Goedert reached on a fielding error which allowed Marlow to score. After tying the game in the bottom of second the Loons had hopes of winning this one. Brooks Marlow had other ideas.
Marlow smacked a line drive to right giving him a double and another chance to score and after a Nunez walk Kyle Tucker again came through cracking a double to right to push Marlow across to make it a 2-1 lead. Nunez would follow on a sac fly to center by Connor Goedert to put the Bandits ahead for good. Deivy Castillo homered in the bottom of the third to bring the Loons within one but that was as close as they would get.
Quad Cities would add two more runs over the next six innings with RBIs by Pat Porter in the sixth that scored Tucker and another by Kyle Tucker who hit a sac fly to right to allow Johnny Sewald to score. Another great effort from the pitching staff helped secure the win as starter Chris Murphy threw five solid innings giving up two runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout to get his second win. Matt Bower worked 2 1/3 innings striking out four, walking three and giving up a run on one hit. Andrew Thome got the save, his fourth of the season, throwing 1 2/3 innings and striking out one.
Losing this series is tough but seeing how the pitching has come around there is no doubt that if you get behind on the Bandits you will have a very tough time winning. The offensive side of things still needs work as the Bandits continue to leave runners in scoring position. You can’t have ten hit and only score twice. Ten hits should lead to four or more runs and I’m sure manager Omar Lopez will have them working hard on this.
Quad Cities will head to Lansing, Michigan to face the Lugnuts in a three game series starting tonight at 6:05 pm CT. Sebastian Kessay (1-2, 9.64) will take the mound for the Bandits and Jon Harris (0-0, 3.12) will be on the hill for the Lugnuts. Jake Levy will have all the action on K-BOB 1170 am, riverbandits.com and also on the TuneIn app.
Stoney’s Shining Stars:
Top Prospects: Kyle Tucker Hit .357 in the series with 3 RBIs and 1 run
Pitching: Albert Abreu Pitched six innings in game one and struck out 9
Other notes: Brooks Marlow has extended his hit streak to seven games and has a .306 batting average in 19 games which is good for second best on the team. Ryan Deemes has continued to impress out of the bullpen as he has 17 stikeouts with only one run and 10 hits with an 0.52 ERA in the 17.1 innings he has worked.
Overall this season The Bandits are 3-3 in series with only one split due to a game three cancellation. They are also 5-5 over their last 10 games.